That American woman employed by the AIT occupied TWO seats with her person and her bags and so on. When asked whether she could yield one of the seats to an elderly, she refused flatly. Upon second request, the American woman expresses that because she is American, she did NOT have to accord the courtesy of yielding seat to the elderly in the MRT (subway) in Taiwan.
One would reckon this is exactly the kind of so-called "soft power of the United States" as championed so enthusiastically by Joseph Nye of Harvard University, the United States.
When finally this American woman was identified by her employer, the AIT (American Institute in Taipei, sorta like underground embassy). And the press contacted AIT's spokesperson, the AIT admitted that she was indeed the formal employee of AIT, and when asked if any apology would be rendered, the spokesperson said,"because it involves the law concerning human rights, so no further information can be furnished." That was an interesting response by the spokesperson of the underground Embassy of the United States, which, according to Joseph Nye, is a great nation of democracy and loaded with soft power.
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